The China Academy of Art is a premiere fine arts institute of higher learning. In 1928, the predecessor of the present China Academy of Art, the National Academy of Art, was founded as the first comprehensive art academy in China by Mr. Cai Yuanpei, a renowned Chinese educator. The Academy is located in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province in the vicinity of Shanghai. Zhejiang Province is one of the most developed and wealthy provinces in China. The city of Hangzhou is known as “a paradise on earth” for its scenic beauty and tranquil environment. The Academy is situated on the banks of the famous West Lake and is a perfect location for artistic learning and enrichment.
Since its founding, the name and location of the Academy have been changed several times. A large number of talented artists celebrated both at home and abroad have worked or studied at the Academy, among whom were Zhao Wuji, Wu Guanzhong, Li Keran and Zhu Dequn. The Academy is touted as the academy with the most comprehensive curriculum and degree programs in the country and a true “cradle” for promising artists.
The China Academy of Art is the first tier of institutions to accept students who are recipients of Chinese government scholarship and Zhejiang provincial government scholarship. The Academy also awards matching stipends for the Zhejiang provincial scholarship recipients.
The International College of the China Academy of Art is a subsidiary of the China Academy of Art in charge of academic programs for overseas non-resident students and international artistic exchanges. It has three teaching units, which offer quality courses in Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese culture and language. It also provides international students with courses in oil painting, print-making, sculpture, trans-media art, art history, design art and architecture art. Its principal objective is to promote the Chinese cultures to the world, encourage international artistic exchanges and enhance friendship with the world. The School began to enroll overseas students in 1980. Nearly 3000 international students have studied in the School. It currently enrolls about 500 short-term and long-term overseas students.
The School also runs various short-term training courses in Chinese culture and art, where overseas students can enjoy the essence of oriental culture through studying both Chinese calligraphy and painting, and going on excursions. We offer individualized service to students from different countries, cultures and walks of life.